The following video shows three horses going down at three tracks yesterday: Romped at Belterra (another horse, Majestic Valley, collided with Romped and lost the jockey); Above the Line at Penn; Gattosing at Charles Town. All three were “vanned off.” I will of course follow up with the relevant racing commissions.

Through a FOIA request to the New Jersey Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks thus far this year.

Burning Blaze, Feb 19, Meadowlands R – “sudden collapse and death: copious amounts of frank blood and serosanguineous fluid drained from the nostrils and mouth; extensive subcutaneous and skeletal muscle hemorrhages”

Tango Dancer N, Apr 15, Meadowlands R – “complete, comminuted, displaced fracture; extensive soft tissue hemorrhage; extensive cartilage loss and ulceration”

Liam’s Boy, May 5, Monmouth T – “complete, comminuted, displaced fracture; torn ligament; extensive soft tissue hemorrhage; severe necrosis/sclerosis at fracture site”

Marsala Hanover, May 14, Meadowlands R – “sudden death: [probably] exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage” also: “severe chronic ulcerative gastritis”

Shaldag, May 15, Monmouth R – “traumatic fetlock injury: multiple fractures, complete luxation of the joint with severe fragmentation of [multiple] ligaments” also: “severe chronic osteoarthritis; chronic ulcerative gastritis”

Creative Girl, May 21, Monmouth R – “[multiple] complete, comminuted fractures”

Miss Margaret Ann, Jun 25, Monmouth S – “colic” (trained Jun 14)

Independence Law, Jun 26, Monmouth R – “[multiple] fractures, extensive damage, scattered muscle hemorrhages”

Chiquito Baby, Jun 26, Monmouth R – “fell: open, complete, comminuted, displaced fracture – bone through skin; [multiple] torn ligaments and tendons, [one] ruptured; extensive soft tissue hemorrhage; severe necrosis/sclerosis at fracture site”

The horse grinder that is Saratoga Race Course, again. Today, in the 1st race, it was 3-year-old Salt Cay. Dead. As you can see by the list below, this makes three kills in two days, and five in six, at this, perhaps America’s premier racetrack.

In its coverage of our protest this past Saturday, CBS 6 said that “the New York Racing Association (NYRA) sent the following statement regarding the animal cruelty accusations [ours, by the way]: ‘The health and welfare of horses and jockeys competing at NYRA tracks is our highest priority. NYRA continuously evaluates all aspects of the operation to ensure we are providing the safest possible environment for training and racing…. NYRA’s organizational commitment to safety sets the industry standard. … NYRA is committed to implementing science-driven best practices to establish and maintain safe racing surfaces and facilities and has made significant capital investments to upgrade all facilities with a focus on safety.'”

They divert, distract, dissemble, and deceive because they have to. Their product kills, consistently and inevitably.

Saratoga’s Victims, Thus Far
Range War, Jun 3, training – “injured while breezing” (being prepped for first race)
Supernova, Jun 22, stall – “apparent peritonitis”
Vindatude, Jul 3, training – “collapsed and expired” (three years old)
Credit Event, Aug 6, training – “fractured leg, euthanized”
Plurality, Aug 6, training – “collided with another horse” (being prepped for first race)
Practice Squad, Aug 10, training – “sustained leg injury, euthanized on track”
Awesome Gerry, Aug 10, racing – “suffered an injury, euthanized on track”
Salt Cay, Aug 11, racing – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”